Pro-JNU protests erupt in old city; police detains 2 bikers

SRINAGAR: Two unidentified bikers were detained by police in old city on Friday for carrying Pakistani flags, even as protesters exhibited solidarity with Jawaharlal University (JNU) students for their pro-Kashmir demonstrations.
A group of youth held demonstrations in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar after the conclusion of Friday’s congregational prayers. They shouted slogans favouring Afzal Guru, who was executed in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.
The protesters were praising students of JNU for holding a protest over Guru’s execution and their solidarity with people of Kashmir. “Thank you JNU” and “Afzal is our Hero” were two banners spotted with the protesters.
The pro-Pakistan and anti-India demonstration in old city parts on Fridays is not a new phenomenon. However, this time the protesters exhibited solidarity with the non-Kashmiri students who held demonstrations outside Kashmir.
Police swung into action and chased away the unidentified protesters who pelted stones on government forces causing disruption in the area for some time.
Eye-witnesses told Kashmir Rea-der that for the day the youth rose ab-ove from the “signature” ISIS protest.
“It was a complete protest in solidarity with JNU and against the arrest of SAR Geelani,” the eye-witnesses said.
After observing the Afzal Guru commemoration on Feb 9 in two different functions in Delhi, both SAR Geelani, a former lecturer of Delhi University, and JNU students’ union president Kanahiya Kumar were slapped with sedition charges. The duo has been sent to judicial remand. Already, the arrests have triggered a debate and political commotion across India.
The arrests have triggered uneasiness and fear among Kashmiri students studying in JNU. Reports say that many students have packed their belongings and are returning home.
“For the fear of persecution, many Kashmiri students who were the part of two functions – one in Press Club of India and other in JNU campus – have deactivated their Facebook and other social media accounts. Some of them have also switched off their cell phones,” said a student studying in Delhi and returned to Srinagar recently.